What do you do when you feel like you could keep running forever?
Why, keep on running, until you can't anymore!
Right after I finished writing Roaring Boys, I was as high on the mountain as you can possibly imagine. I had just written two books -- Shifted was the precursor to this entire adventure, the first full-length book I had written in a long time and the first book I had self-published in my writing career -- in the space of a year and a half, after spending a long, dry four years without much creative productivity at all. It was the best feeling ever, that creative genius burning away, and I didn't want it to end.
So, I started on the next one. I wasn't even done with the final edits of Roaring Boys, I hadn't even uploaded it for publication, and yet I had already begun the idea, major research, outlining, and character development of my new book.
Now, less than a week after Roaring Boys came out on all platforms, I have four chapters of my new book written.
Another one by Christmas? Challenge accepted!
I don't know how long this momentum will last. Surely I cannot keep the stories flowing, the energy levels up, and the diligence steady -- all the things it takes to write a single novel, much less two in 18 months, or three in two years. I must hit a wall at some point. I will inevitably need a break, a vacation from words.
But I can tell you right now, that time is not yet upon me, and I'm going to keep writing until I simply cannot any longer.
Will that be five months down the road? Five years? Fifty?
Either way, I can tell you this for certain, that no matter how long this bizarre energy remains with me, any hiatus from it that I take will certainly not last. I live to write, I love to write, and I will keep writing until I'm so stooped over my keyboard that I can barely see the screen.
You should never stop writing just because your brain tells you that you think you should. Take a break after each book, it says, don't burn yourself out.
Ridiculous! If you have another book in you, get going! If you have more ideas, more stories, keep them flowing out until every inch of you says you need to rest. Don't rein yourself in because you think that's what you're supposed to do. Because the longer you keep writing in one, continuous, unbroken stretch, the faster and better you will improve. Each book I have written so far has been better and better than the last, and my beta readers, looking at the next one I am working on, are already saying that it's better than all the others. I want to keep honing my skill, keep growing my writing style. And this is the road to success by sheer, ridiculous momentum!
There are hundreds of books in me, ladies and gentlemen, and I want to see them all come to the light of day.
Keep your eyes peeled for news and updates of my next book, which will surely be upon us very soon.